Emerson Hospital and Middlesex Digestive Partner to Offer Endoscopic Ultrasound


Arpan Patel, MD, and Marvin, Ryou, MD with the EUS tool
2/19/2021

Emerson Hospital and Middlesex Digestive Health & Endoscopy Center (“Middlesex Digestive”), specialists in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of digestive diseases, are pleased to announce that endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) procedures are now offered at Emerson Hospital in Concord.

The EUS device is the latest in endoscopy technology and is used by gastroenterologists to help diagnose and treat patients with complex stomach issues. EUS also evaluates certain cancers in patients treated at the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke.

“Emerson Hospital is committed to providing high-quality care to patients using the latest technology,” said Christine Schuster, RN, MBA, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital. “We are pleased to be one of the first hospitals in the area to offer this advanced capability. Investments such as EUS are a reflection of our mission to improve the health of our communities by providing local access to the best possible care.”

Marvin Ryou, MD, advanced endoscopy at Emerson Hospital, and Middlesex Digestive gastroenterologist  Arpan H. Patel, MD, experts in advanced interventional endoscopy, perform EUS procedures at Emerson. Dr. Arpan is pictured above on the left and Dr. Ryou is on the right.

EUS is a specialized procedure that blends endoscopy (scope) and ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves), yielding highly detailed imaging of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. It enables more detailed and in-depth views of nearby structures and organs such as the pancreas, gallbladder, lungs, and bladder, aiding doctors in their treatment plans for patients with gastrointestinal diseases. Most EUS procedures are performed in an outpatient setting with patient sedation and typically take between 20 and 45 minutes.

“The entire EUS team is incredibly pleased to have the capabilities and benefits this technology brings,” said  Raj Devarajan, MD, founder of Middlesex Digestive. “It allows us to examine organs and other structures more clearly,” he continued. “EUS is a minimally-invasive alternative to exploratory surgery, without the need for radiation.”